Elizabeth Ann Ignacio, MD, FSIR, American College of Radiology® (ACR®) Council Steering Committee Member, contributed this post.

Every year on Nov. 8, we celebrate International Day of Radiology (IDoR), a joint effort of the ACR, the European Society of Radiology and the Radiological Society of North America. IDoR recognizes the value that radiology contributes to safe patient care, and aims to improve public understanding of the vital role of radiologists and radiographers in healthcare.

This year, on the 126th anniversary of Wilhelm Conrad Röntgen’s discovery of the X-ray, the global celebration of IDoR is dedicated to Interventional Radiology (IR)– Active Care for the Patient. I hope you’ll join me in celebrating Interventional Radiology and its essential role in treating patients.

IR routinely provides therapies for a vast array of medical problems including cancer, trauma, vascular, gastrointestinal and genitourinary disease. And, throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, Interventional Radiologists have stepped up tremendously, filling service gaps that are needed in the acute hospital setting as well as outpatient care. Though countless general surgeries were postponed or canceled in the last 18 months, many Interventional Radiologists continued to perform temporizing procedures to help support their patients during that time. Interventional radiologists also addressed COVID-19 complications such as thromboembolic disease with thrombolysis and thrombectomy. I thank all of my colleagues for your hard work and dedication to patient care!

As we celebrate radiology over the coming days and beyond, I also invite interventional and diagnostic radiologists to participate in the 2021 ACR/RBMA Radiology Workforce Survey. Your participation will help ensure a representative sample of radiology facilities needed to accurately assess the current U.S. radiology workforce. If you are an ACR physician member, keep an eye on your email inbox for your personalized link to complete the survey.

Complete your 2021 ACR/RBMA Radiology Workforce Survey, and celebrate IDoR with me on social media using #IDoR2021.

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